How to make pumpkin goolgoolas in 6 easy steps

How to make pumpkin goolgoolas in 6 easy steps

We'll take goolgoolas over crème Brûlée any day! Food blogger Landi Govender is putting a delicious spin on her grandmother's traditional recipe. 

Pumpkin Goolgoolas
Pumpkin Goolgoolas / The Tocka Blog

There's nothing better than a plate of warm goolgoolas on a cold winter's day. 

The recent cold spells have many people turning to comfort food and it doesn't get any better than this traditional Indian treat. 

Food blogger Landi Govender says she grew up stuffing her face with her grandmother's goolgoolas. 

"My grandmother used to make these for me as a kid, and if I’m being honest, she’d make them for me as an adult too! She made the best goolgoolas and they’d always turn out perfectly round which amazed me because I still struggle with getting them shaped perfectly even after years of trying," she says. 

Landi's recipe is slightly different from her grandmother's.

"It contains mashed pumpkin, mixed spice, and cinnamon!"  

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Here's how to make them Pumpkin Goolgoolas: 


125 g of cooked pumpkin, pureed

113 g self-raising flour

25 g castor sugar or swop for light brown sugar

1 large egg

60 g milk

1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Oil for frying


  1. Heat the oil on medium heat in a medium-sized saucepan.
  2. Combine all the ingredients and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Fry spoonfuls of the batter until golden brown approximately 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oil and allow to drain on a kitchen towel.
  5. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm. 
  6. Enjoy!

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